I took 1 1/2 glorious weeks off work at the end of June and the beginning of July to visit family in Ohio and NorCal. And Dan took the long holiday weekend off to visit family and friends in NorCal with me. There is nothing more that I love than being paid to not work. I swear – that’s the main reason why I want to have kids: to take 4 wonderful months off work for maternity leave with each kid.
Anyway…my time in Ohio was lovely. It rained every day and I thoroughly enjoyed spending my days inside listening to the storms, napping, and reading. One of the books that I read was called Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. It was recommended to me by a friend and I loved every second I spent reading it. In addition to reading and relaxing, I attended my 15-year high school reunion/get-together at a local bar, baked and cooked with my mom, went to the Crosby Festival of the Arts at the Toledo Botanical Garden with my mom, visited with many family members and friends, and saw my brother’s new home (this was his first home purchase!).
After I returned from Ohio, we packed up our car and Snoopy and drove up to Livermore. We spent the long 4th of July holiday weekend visiting Dan’s family and our friends, wine tasting, seeing an outdoor play at Concannon Vineyard, and attending our dear friends’ wedding in San Francisco.